We Care Solar

In response to requests for solar electricity from primary health centers, We Care Solar designed a compact solar electric system that was portable and fit in a suitcase. The “We Care Solar Suitcase” powers overhead LED lighting, charges cell phones, and includes LED headlamps that come with their own rechargeable batteries. The first deployment of these systems occurred in June 2009. Now these systems have been introduced in more than 20 counties, including Haiti, to aid medical relief teams after the 2010 earthquake; Liberia, where we first worked with the World Health Organization in 2011; in Uganda, where we first partnered with AMREF and Safe Mothers, Safe Babies, the Philippines, in response to Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, and Nepal, after the 2015 earthquake. Our Solar Suitcases are user-friendly, robust, durable, and nearly maintenance-free. They work in mobile settings or can be easily installed in existing hospitals and clinics lacking reliable source of power. Improved surgical lighting, enhanced usage of existing medical equipment, and the support of mobile telecommunication systems reduces delays in providing care, and increases the capacity of health workers to care for patients with obstetric complications. In addition, workers report more confidence in performing skilled care, and no longer fear night duty.